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Events Calendar

Conferences/public lectures

The Centre normally holds 3 one-two day conferences in the academic year, and may host others,  as well as offering public lectures.  The Stephen Copley lecture is held annually, and CECS staff have given papers for the York Festival of Ideas.

Research Seminars

Where the CECS community of staff and students gather to hear and debate the latest research about the eighteenth century. Centre research seminars are held regularly in term time on Tuesdays at 4.30pm in KG/07 at the King's Manor.

Postgraduate Forum

The CECS Postgraduate Forum is a student-lead interdisciplinary research group that meets to listen to and discuss papers from fellow York postgrads, students from other universities, and visiting professors, in a relaxed and friendly environment.


Forthcoming Events


Wren, beauty, and Trinity College Library

Anthony Geraghty (University of York)


Cordial Spirits: Drinking and Sociability in the very long eighteenth century

This interdisciplinary day conference will bring scholars from round the country to discuss the pleasures and dangers of alcohol c.1660-1850.

Previous events

The Art and Mystery of Horse-Drawn Carriages: What Can They Tell Us About Georgian Society and Culture?

Thursday 20 February 2020

York Georgian Society Patrick Nuttgens Lecture Speaker: Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds (University of York) Please note the change in venue!

New Contexts for Remarks on Clarissa: Dialogues, Book Reviewing, and 'Scenes of Criticism'

Tuesday 18 February 2020

CECS PG Forum with Crystal Biggins (University of Leicester)

The Libraries and Reading Habits of British Prisoners of War in Napoleonic France and Mauritius

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Elodie Duché (York St John University)

“Burying our Money in Stone Walls”: Fortification and the East India Company, c. 1690–1740

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Department of History Research Seminar Speaker: Tim Riding (University of York)

'The True State of Our Condition,’ Or, Where are Robinson Crusoe’s Insect Companions?

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace (Boston College)